Monday Open Thread | Happy Birthday Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking. (Photo by Julian Wasser//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

For all you did for us as a country..
You were a true patriot.
A true believer in this country.
The lives you changed are still happening.
Your ripples are still moving through time.
Thank you.

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43 Responses to Monday Open Thread | Happy Birthday Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  1. rikyrah says:

    If Trump Fires Mueller, Republicans Won’t Object
    Jonathan Chait
    When Robert Mueller was hired to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible connections to the Trump campaign, Republicans in Congress supported Mueller, and even warned Trump not to interfere with his work. “Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency,” warned Senator Lindsey Graham. “I believe if he did fire Bob Mueller, you would see a special prosecutor statute go through both houses by veto-proof majorities and we’d end up with Bob Mueller in charge of a new investigation with new authorities,” predicted Senator Angus King.

    Many Trump critics assume at least implicitly that these conditions still pertain. But the reality as of January 2018 is not the reality of last summer. The Republican Party has largely coalesced around Trump. If — or when — Trump quashes Mueller’s investigation, the veto-proof majorities to restore Mueller’s power will almost certainly fail to materialize.

    I read conservative commentary every day. Before Trump won the Republican nomination, sentiment among conservative pundits (if not voters) ran overwhelmingly against him. Over the last year, that opinions have moved toward Trump in several jagged lurches. The first occurred when Trump sealed up the Republican nomination, at which point anti-Trump sentiment could not longer be channeled into a prospective Rubio or Cruz nomination. Another column of opponents peeled off after Trump surprisingly defeated Hillary Clinton, at which point four or more years of opposition looked like more than many “Never Trumpers” had signed up for.

  2. I want to throw up…. @GOPLeader You’re so sad and very pitiful. No wonder you cower in silence about Trump’s #shitholecountries comment. You’re too busy sucking up to the fraud with cherry and strawberry Starbursts.

  3. I was kissing Carson’s leg yesterday and he raised his little feet to my mouth so I could kiss them too. LOL

  4. Please be quiet, phony. You planned a stunt to rile racial tensions against Black NFL players protesting police brutality and racism.

    #MartinLutherKing “All we say to America is, “Be true to what you said on paper”

    “The greatest of America is the right to PROTEST for RIGHT”

  5. I wish I knew how it would feel to be free

  6. Ametia says:

    Notice Kevin McCarthy is now attached to #45 during his DACA “I’m not a racist” tour? He looks @ Kevin after & before he speaks. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle DUMB.

    Here we are In 2018 & an illegitimate presdident is saying he’s not racist. GOP SENATORS•=Racist LIARS!

  7. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Live streaming “Annual commemorative service honoring MLK:

  8. Ametia says:

    How Deep is Your Love” by the Bee Gees was No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart 40 years ago.
    It was the first single from the soundtrack to the film “Saturday Night Fever,” one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Kay from BJ has always been about the Voting Rights:

    Kay says:
    January 15, 2018 at 10:39 am
    Let’s become the Party of voting rights. It’s beautiful on so many levels. The best thing about it is there is NO competition. As recently as the 1990’s Republicans at least mouthed voting rights platitudes. That’s no longer true. One can go head to head with them on suppression and they not only don’t hide it, they RUN on it. Engage, boldy. PICK a fight on this one if necessary. We’ll win.

    The response to the election in Alabama should be Democrats investing serious money in protecting existing voting systems and expanding access. If we want to “reward” the voters in Alabama we should reward them with support so they can run their OWN local candidates and win local and state elections. Don’t thank them. Support their efforts to win and govern locally – on school boards, city councils, tax boards, water boards, all the ways resources are meted out to exclude and cheat them. Make a long term commitment especially in southern states.


    Kay says:
    January 15, 2018 at 10:53 am

    The nonprofits and all that are nice, but that’s a LEGAL strategy. Take it out of court. Democrats are ready for it in a way they weren’t even in 2008 and 2010. The sad truth is even many Democrats bought the voter fraud bullshit. That’s changed. They’re just waiting for the Party to jump in a serious, top-tier issue way. Parties make their own rules. I think they could make a STRONG suggestion that any Democratic candidate who wants state Party or national Party support has to make voting rights part of their campaign. Has to allocate X amount of resources and time to on the ground voter protection and access efforts.

    I would make it a percentage but I’m a stern authoritarian and the cats would screech if they’re herded to that extent – also it might be illegal :)

    STRONG suggestion. I can live with that.

  10. rikyrah says:

    In honor of MLK day,

    This has always been my favorite section of Letter from a Birmingham Jail:

    We have waited for more than three hundred and forty years for our God-given and constitutional rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jetlike speed toward the goal of political independence, and we still creep at horse-and-buggy pace toward the gaining of a cup of coffee at a lunch counter. I guess it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say “wait.” But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick, brutalize, and even kill your black brothers and sisters with impunity; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she cannot go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her little eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see the depressing clouds of inferiority begin to form in her little mental sky, and see her begin to distort her little personality by unconsciously developing a bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five-year-old son asking in agonizing pathos, “Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?”; when you take a cross-country drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading “white” and “colored”; when your first name becomes “nigger” and your middle name becomes “boy” (however old you are) and your last name becomes “John,” and when your wife and mother are never given the respected title “Mrs.”; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodyness”–then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over and men are no longer willing to be plunged into an abyss of injustice where they experience the bleakness of corroding despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience …

  11. #MartinLutherKing “Let us march on ballot boxes, march on ballot boxes until race-baiters disappear from the political arena”.

  12. Ametia says:

    18 Facts You May Not Know About Martin Luther King, Jr.
    “King is the only American citizen, who was not a president, to have a national holiday in his honor.”

    You may be hard-pressed to find a grade-school textbook without the name Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in it, and you probably watched the classic movie “Our Friend, Martin” as a kid. He’s most likely the first Civil Rights movement figure you learned about, and the one who is still highlighted more than any other today. However, no matter how much has been taught (or repeated), there are still some lesser known facts about Dr. King and his legacy.

    Did you know?
    1. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was actually born Michael Luther King, Jr. He later changed his name when he became a minister.


  13. Ametia says:

    Happy Birthday, Dr. King.

  14. Good morning, wonderful women! This is a Beautiful moving wide-ranging Birthday Present to the world.
    Thankful for it and for you .

  15. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😄😄😄

  16. vitaminlover says:

    Happy Birthday in heaven Dr. King, Sir.

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